Saturday, August 16, 2014


We had a really nice opening of WOODSPUN, our annual exhibition, today. The Right Reverend Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, performed the opening. Both the bishop and our chairman, John Ahern, remembered George Colton who was a very respected member of our chapter for many years up to his death a few years ago. George was, of course, the bishop's father and accordingly it was particularly apt that His Lordship would grace us with his presence and do the honours.
There is a very high standard of work this year and the exhibition is well worth a visit.
The exhibition is open each day from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. right through to Tuesday 26th August, inclusive. The venue is The James O'Neill Building (previously know as The Old Mill) and is very easy to find. It is right behind Kinsale Garda Station and Crackpots Restaurant and directly across the road from St. Multose Church. It is at the entrance to the car park there.
Help is still needed to man the exhibition each day and any member who can help out is asked to contact Tony Farrell.
There is very much thanks due to both Tony Farrell and Kieran Higgins for putting the whole thing together. Tony's associate turner, Mars O'Reilly, has been of huge help and we can never thank her enough.

Some of the beautiful workmanship on display

Some more of the items on display

John Ahern, Chapter Chairman (on left) & Brian McAdoo meet and greet Mrs. Susan Colton and Bishop Colton.

Bishop Colton and John Ahern, with John O'Shea's black hollow form between them.

Mrs, Teresa Ahern, who presented a bouquet of flowers to Mrs. Colton, Mrs. Colton, Bishop Colton and John Ahern.

From left:  Tony Farrell, one of the main organisers, his associate, Mars O'Reilly, Mrs. Colton, Bishop Colton and John Ahern.  Kieran Higgins, the other main organiser, was too shy to go into the photograph so the photographer did the next best thing by including Kieran's magnificent hollow form in the foreground.

GOTTCHA! Kieran (right) with Tony Farrell.
Charlie McCarthy welcomes Anne Dunne from Kerry.

Michael Bouchier (left) Chapter Hon. Secretary with his son, Tommy, and Tommy's wife, Lisa..
Chapter member, Jim O'Donovan, kindly sent me the following photos from his camera.
Visit the exhibition and take your time; we have plenty of it.

Paddy Lynch, chatting with Mick Bouchier, seems suspicious of the camera.

John O'Shea chats with the Kerry Chapter Hon. Secretary, Lesley Clarke.

Paddy Lynch (left) chats with Teresa Ahern and Mr. & Mrs. Leo O'Donoghue find it very interesting.